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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Review: The Thousand Year Curse by Taylor Lavati

The Thousand Year Curse
by Taylor Lavati
self-published
Published: August 2013
Length: 334 pages
Editions: ebook and paperback
Source: Author for an honest review

Being a teenager isn't all fun and games for seventeen year old Ryder. After being thrown down the social hierarchy, Ryder Mason has one goal for her senior year-survive.

Within the first month of school, Ryder goes from bullied teen to a cursed half goddess with two boyfriends. As if that wasn't enough, she travels into the Underworld to confront Hades about the curse and her missing mother.

Ryder delves head first into a Godly world as her knights fight to seek her approval, her best friend's loyalties are tested and people's true intentions are shown in the first Curse Books novel.



A_TiffyFit's Review: I adore Greek mythology based books. When the author asked if I would like a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review, I totally jumped at the chance after reading the synopsis.

Ryder Mason is about to enter her senior year. For reasons unknown to her, her best friend has turned into her enemy and is a total schmuck hellbent on making Ryder's life miserable. And Becca does a damn fine job at being a malicious tart. Enter the new kids, Ollie & Ari, both handsome, both alluring, both showing up in Ryder's dreams...

Suddenly, this bullied girl who has collapsed on herself has two hot guys vying for her attention. Her best friend, Junior, sides with Ollie who shares his love of music. But it's Ari that seems more honest with her, who answers her questions...

This was an excellent start to what should be a promising series. Steeped in Greek mythology, Ryder (real name Eurydice) discovers that not only is she an old soul re-incarnated over and over again, but this time, she's a demigoddess or Nephilim. It changes the game as this time she could live as long as 500 years and have a long life with either Ari or Ollie...which will she choose? Who is her mother, who ran off after she was born? What other powers will she be developing as a Nephilim? She is already becoming faster, stronger, and having premonitions when she sleeps...

I enjoyed this tale by debut author Taylor Lavati. There were several grammatical/spelling mistakes (mostly homonyms) that interrupted reader zone a bit, but nothing too bad. I was annoyed at Ryder and how easily she goes from boyfriend to boyfriend, but that's a judgement call on my part. Since she is a reincarnated soul, she may have residual feelings from other lives she has shared with both Ollie (Orpheus) and Ari (Aristeus) as she has loved both, she's inexplicably attracted to both, etc.

I hope demi-goddess school treats her better than human high school and I look forward to reading more about her journey to discover her mother and if those prophetic dreams regarding her mother come true! And who will be by her side? Ollie or Ari? They are very high-handed when it comes to Ryder and the decisions that they make! Geesh!